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May 4, 2009 Press Release

“This weekend Buffalo lost one of our Champions.  As Western New York’s quarterback and Congressman, Jack Kemp was a fighter for this community. His passion for sports and politics gave local residents something to believe in.  Kemp’s impact in this region and nation was significant and his legacy will live on both in the halls of Congress and the Hall of Fame.” 

May 1, 2009 Press Release
Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Mayor Sam Teresi and Chautauqua County Legislator Chuck Cornell announced that Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation, a member of the national NeighborWorks® network, has received $170,000 in capital grants from NeighborWorks® America, which will again support the agency’s affordable housing and community development activities in Jamestown’s Buy Northside! neighborhood, at a time when Chautauqua County communities need investment the most. This funding is in addition to the $490,000 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant for CHRIC announced just two weeks ago.
May 1, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) President and CEO Dr. Donald Trump and WCA Hospital President and CEO Betsy Wright announced the launch of a joint radiation therapy program made available to residents in Chautauqua County and northern Pennsylvania with the help of a federal grant used to purchase new state-of-the-art conference equipment.
Apr 30, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted to pass H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. The legislation will provide protections against arbitrary, abusive credit card lending practices that have trapped many American consumers in a costly cycle of debt.
Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve S. Con Res 13, the Budget Resolution Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2010. The Conference Report is a document that resolves differences between budgetary legislation agreed to in the House of Representatives and the Senate and outlines economic plans for our nation’s future. 

Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Late yesterday, Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Eric Massa introduced a bill (HR2133) in the House of Representatives that would require the New York Power Authority to direct into a special fund profits from the sale of unused energy that was allocated for Western New York industries for Western New York waterfront, cultural, park and economic develo

Apr 28, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and City of Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey announced that the Dunkirk Harbor has been awarded $820,000 in Recovery Act funding.  This is in addition to the $376,000 in funding secured by Congressman Higgins through the House Energy and Water bill announced just last week. 

Apr 27, 2009 Press Release

Today, Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Louise Slaughter and Eric Massa introduced legislation in their respective Houses in Congress to allow former Bethlehem Steel workers to receive compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP).

Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1139, the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Reauthorization Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, will put 50,000 more police officers on our nation’s streets, including an estimated 4,822 additional officers in New York State. It authorizes $1.25 billion a year for COPS hiring grants, $350 million a year for COPS technology grants, and $200 million a year for hiring community prosecutors.
Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins, during a personal meeting urged Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to support the Community Regeneration, Sustainability, and Innovation Act of 2009, and choose Buffalo as one of 30 cities nation-wide to be selected for a pilot program to fight the blight of vacant housing. During the meeting Schumer and Higgins also requested that Sec. Donovan ensure that any HUD grant program designed to fight vacant housing through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act be applicable to abandoned properties and not just houses that have been foreclosed upon. This qualifies many more structures in Western New York as eligible for federal funding, as the region has a large number of abandoned, but not foreclosed, properties. An additional $2 billion in Recovery Act funds will be given out in grants to cities that face vacant housing problems.